Bishwa Nath Singh
Some one phoned me from abroad to explain what prayers mean to one.It's a good question having far reaching consequences.Let us have a glimpse on what prayer means to one!
(Photo of devotees offering Prayers to the deity of Lord Hanuman)
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Bishwa Nath Sin:
Prayer could be best defined as conversation with God. In order to please God, we offer our payers to Him with expectation that He may speak to us in a language which we can understand, and this He does through the guidance of the Manifest...ations. While the Manifestations of God are alive, they speak with women and men face to face and convey to them the Message of God, and after Their death Their message continues to reach people's minds through their recorded sayings and writings. But this is not the only way in which God can commune with and inspire those whose hearts are seeking after truth, wherever they are, and whatever their native race or tongue. By this language the Manifestation continues to hold converse with the faithful after His departure from the material world. ` We can attain the spiritual condition in which conversation with God becomes possible, We must strive to attain to that condition by being separated from all things and from the people of the world and by turning to God alone. It will take some effort on the part of man to attain to that condition, but he must work for it, strive for it. We can attain to it by thinking and caring less for material things and more for the spiritual. The further we go from the one, the nearer we are to the other. The choice is ours. Our spiritual perception, our inward sight must be opened, so that we can see the signs and traces of God's spirit in everything. Everything can reflect to us the light of the Spirit3 Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a sacred connection to a god or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private that involves the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creedal statement, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitioners prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one's thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others. Though, the way & process of offering prayers vary from one religion to anther but its salient features remain common to all to please their God.It is often said by our great
sagas that one must pray to his/her almighty God daily both in the morning and evening to seek godly bliss!